UK and Islands - UK

Maintaining and enhancing the UK seed collections and associated knowledge at the Millennium Seed Bank.

View above Loder Valley, Wakehurst Place, Sussex.

Acting team lead: Ted Chapman

Our UK team delivers three closely-related projects: the UK Flora Project, the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Native Seed Hub. 

The UK Flora Project has banked 98% of our bankable, seed-bearing native flora and is working with botanists to bank the very tricky final species. We continue to increase the number of collections conserved from threatened species and build on the genetic representativeness of these collections.  

Many species, particularly trees, are under significant threat from an increasing number of pest and disease outbreaks. The UK National Tree Seed Project captures genetic representativeness for the woody flora of the UK. 

The UK Native Seed Hub increases the quantity, quality and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration in the UK landscape. We supply high quality seed and plug plants of known provenance together with technical advice for reintroduction and restoration projects.   

We work with over 60 partners across the UK, and regularly share scientific, technical and practical skills in order to raise the capacity across the UK for seed collecting, banking and use. 

Team members

Conservation partnership coordinator  
Clare Trivedi

Collections coordinator  
Stephanie Miles 

Germination specialist 
Rachael Davies

UK Native Seed Hub coordinator 
Ted Chapman 

Project staff UK Flora/UK Native Seed Hub
Jennifer Peach

Project staff UK National Tree Seed 
Dr Alice Hudson
Ian Willey